Directly from the factories, Russia directs missiles at Ukraine
KYIV ($1=36.56 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Some Russian missiles are sent to Ukraine straight from the production line, among the weapons used are missiles produced in August this year. This was said on Saturday by Vadim Skibytskyi, a representative of the Ukrainian military intelligence [GUR].
“Some rockets come straight off the production line. How long they last depend largely on production. Compared to the pre-war period, production has decreased, but, unfortunately, Russia can still produce a certain number of cruise missiles and other weapons used against our country as a result of circumventing economic sanctions,” Skibsky said. His statement was published by GUR on the official website.
The intelligence representative repeated his previous assessment that for some types of weapons Russia is already using the strategic reserve, i.e. The 30 percent that must remain in the inventory of the armed forces at all times.
According to GUR, over the past two months, Russia has exported 122 mm and 152 mm artillery ammunition from Belarus. Ukrainian intelligence has also previously reported that the Kremlin is trying to procure weapons from third countries. In particular, this applies to the Smerch and Uragan rockets for reactive artillery systems, since the mass production of these weapons has not yet begun in Russia.
Negotiations are also underway with Iran to transfer missiles to Moscow. There are even reports of draft agreements on this matter, but there is still no evidence that the missiles have reached Russia.
For several months, there have been reports of the depletion of the Russian missile resource. In early November, Skibsky announced in an interview with the British weekly “Economist” that the Kremlin had already used nearly 80 percent of its advanced missiles. According to HUR, Moscow has only about 120 Iskander short-range ballistic missiles.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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